*Horror/Mystery 1960-1980s: The horror series Werewolf By Night had been toddling along happily for a while, chronicling the adventures of young lycanthrope Jack Russell (stop sniggering at the back there…) and his wacky transformations, when the boat was suddenly rocked in WBN #32 by a silver-clad vigilante whose only goal seemed to be the annihilation of our hero – and his armoured form, silver being deadly to werewolves, seemed likely to achieve it! The man who would later be revealed as Marc Spector had a much deeper back story, of course, and in his multitudinous appearances since these issues, has developed a complex background oscillating between ‘Marvel’s Batman’ and ‘Multiple-Personality psychotic inhabited by Egyptian Gods’. Be that as it may, he remains hugely popular, and while this copy of WBN #32 is only VG- p, showing marked corner creasing and spine wear, it’s still priced at £100. (Have you seen the prices slabbed copies are achieving?) Moon Knight’s second appearance in #33, VG p, is a more achievable £15. SORRY, #32 NOW SOLD
*Horror/Mystery 1960-1980s: Two of Marvel’s 1970’s horror reprint anthologies copiously topped up this week: Monsters On The Prowl and Where Monsters Dwell. Home to the reprint versions of such beloved Lee & Kirby (& others) Big Panty Monster (as we call ’em) tales from the days before the Marvel super-hero universe got going. Grogg, Sserpo, Monsteroso, Fin Fang Foom, Elektro, Metallo, Tragg, Gorgolla and many others all awsait you within these pages, many of them sporting a fetching pair of (often purple) big panties to protect their modesty.
*Western: Two reprint series Marvel launched in the 1970s to satisfy the Western Market were Mighty Marvel Western and Western Gunfighters, each presenting three or more classic stories from the Marvel/Atlas inventory reaching back to the late 1940s. Starring the obvious suspects – Kid Colt, Rawhide Kid and Two-Gun Kid – as well as more vintage characters such as the Black Rider and Apache Kid – these featured art from Kirby, Shores, Maneely, Severin and more, frequently sporting attractive new covers from the likes of Gil Kane, that Severin man again, and in one case, Jim Steranko! These were popular and relatively long-lived series, not hanging up their spurs until they’d reached thirty to forty issues. Most of our new incoming stock is from the non-distributed (in the UK) years of the mid-Seventies. We have issues of Mighty Marvel Western in from between #9 and #42, and of Western Gunfighters from between #12 and #33.
*Phantom: Iconic characters such as Lee Falk’s Phantom are being continually reinvented over the decades, and one of the more popular ‘reboots’ of the early 21st Century was the 2003 series of the Phantom from independent publishers Moonstone, who produced new adventures in the classic style with high production values, including many painted covers. We have the Moonstone Phantoms new in stock from #4 to the final issue #26, as well as the first two Annuals.
*Marvel UK: In 1980, Marvel UK launched Valour, a high adventure title of strips such as Thor, Conan, Dr. Strange and Devil Dinosaur (?). The aforesaid saurian is featured in a three piece jig-saw (in issues #1-3) and we have all three issues with gifts fresh in: #1 GD £8, #2 FN £10, #3 FN £10 (all gifts are in VF). How can you resist? SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*TV & Film Related Comics: We’ve been particularly blessed this year to have been able to purchase multiple collections of Gerry Anderson comics, and here’s our third TV Century 21 #1 of the year. Published on 23rd January 2065 (1965 – duh!), this is the comic that launched one of the most popular and enduring line of British comics ever to be published. Featuring Stingray, Fireball XL5, Supercar, the (non-Anderson) Daleks and, making her first apppearance anywhere, before the Thunderbids TV show, Lady Penelope, as well as other strips. This copy, FA/GD at £175 is in decent shape, with reasonable nice near white pages and no pen or pencil marks either on the cover or within. There are a few minor edge tears, with just one at 1.5″ centre right edge cover. Bottom right corner very slightly dog-eared, and the spine is quite worn at bottom and middle, but still intact. We shouldn’t be in the least bit surprised if this copy sells just as quickly as the previous ones we’ve recently had in, so early ordering is advised.
*TV & Film Related Comics: THe conclusion to our mamoth Look-In restock this week, featuring the years 1982-1985 (just!). These latest releases fill many gaps in our stock and are mainly in superior FN or VF grades. Issues of note include the 1st Danger Mouse strip in 1982 (#10), the 1st A Team strip in 1984 (#43) and the Christnmas issue for 1984.
*Humour Comics: By the late 1970s, Buster weekly had almost entirely switched gear to funnies rather than its traditional adventure/humour mix, and this trend was exacerbated when it merged with Monster Fun. The popularity of the Buster and Monster Fun amalgam weekly was such that from 1977 to 1995 a separate Buster & Monster Fun Holiday Special ran in parallel with the Buster Holiday Special, resulting in two ‘dollops’ a year for the Buster buff! We have new listings for Buster Holiday Special from 1977 to 1993, and for Buster & Monster Fun Holiday Special (and one anomalous ‘Spring’ Special in 1979) from 1977 to 1982. Pictured are Buster Holiday Fun Special from 1977 FN/VF £17.50 and Buster & Monster Fun Holiday Special 1981 FN/VF £12.50; grades and prices for the rest may be found in our online catalogue.
*Girls’ Comics: We’re as pleased as Punch to announce the addition of more Judy comics from 1975, filling a gap in the first half of the year. Nearly all of them are in FN grade, with just a couple being VG. Get ’em while they’re fresh!
On a regular cycle, we sweep through our entire stock to delete sold items and keep our listing as up to date as possible. We’ve just finished deleting sold items from the following file in our British section:
*TV & Film Related Comics
As of the time of writing, this category is bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Collected Editions: Two more from the Fleetway/IPC Archive this week: The Complete Future-Shocks Volume 1 collects the stand-alone sci-fi stories from 2000 AD weekly. These twist-ending short stories helped launch or establish the careers of many of Briitain’s leading writers and artists, including Alan Moore, Peter Milligan, Steve Moore, Brian Bolland, Kevin O’Neill and Brett Ewins. This initial softcover collects all the Future-Shocks from 1977 to 1981, new at £20. From 2000 AD’s companion title, Battle, we have the final volume of the acclaimed Charley’s War, by Mills and Colquhoun, seeing our protagonist through the last days of World War I. (The series did continue under other hands, but is generally less well-regarded.) This new softcover is also £20.
*DC: The groundbreaking run of Green Lantern, in which he and Green Arrow set out to confront the failing American Dream, resonates with audiences even today, as, sadly, corruption, pollution, overpopulation and the other issues raised seem even more relevant today. The Comics Code Authority had long prohibited the mention of drug use, but that being one of the issues the editors wanted to address, creators Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams took advantage of a then-recent liberalisation of the Code to have a shocking story in which Speedy, Green Arrow’s former sidekick, was revealed to be a heroin user. The controversial cover was banned in many parts of the USA, and the story, though naïve, was a sincere attempt to address the issue for only the second time in mainstream comics. This is a FN+ copy, pence stamped, with superior inside pages and the historic cover scene unmarred, on sale at £70. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*DC: You know, there was a time when the comic book industry wasn’t dominated by super-powered folks in tights hitting each other, and in those days, a popular theme was man against the elements – all-too-human explorers in outer space, in the air, in exotic realms, or in subterranean or subaquatic environments. This update brings us the first appearances of two such series in DC’s tryout titles: Brave & Bold #31 saw the first adventure of Cave Carson who, with his friends Christie and Bulldozer, explored the treacherous world beneath the Earth. Created by France Herron and illustrator Bruno Premiani, Cave never quite caught his own series in the 20th Century, but made many other appearances in the DC Universe, and of course an updated version now has his own book. Somewhat more successful were the Sea Devils, a quartet of daring scuba-divers created by Robert Kanigher and artist Russ Heath, the latter of whose lush, exotic artwork no doubt contributed hugely to the team’s success. After a successful run commencing with Showcase #27, the Sea Devils earned their own ongoing series, and remain firmly part of the DC fabric. The newly acquired copy of Brave & Bold #31 is GD/VG, a cents copy with no UK overmark. Generally attractive shape, it has minor spine and edge creasing, and a small corner off the back cover. On sale at £50. Our new Showcase #27 superficially appears to be a higher grade – the front cover is unmarked apart from a pence price stamp in the upper edge – but the back cover is torn and taped, bringing down what would in every other aspect be a VG or better. Therefore we’ve graded it as GD- p, and it’s on sale at £50. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Marvel: Following the arrival of the ‘New’ X-Men, a lot of people felt the ‘old’ X-Men were somewhat redundant. This was more so in the case of Jean Grey, Marvel Girl, who didn’t seem to have any identity other than being an X-Man and Cyclops’s love interest. But that was rectified in issue #101 when Jean was escalated into a powerhouse when a cosmic ray storm seemed to transform her into the entity known as Phoenix – and a major, ultimately tragic, story arc for the X-Men began. The legend was somewhat tarnished in later years by Marvel’s shifting position on whether Jean actually was the Phoenix, or whether the Phoenix force just assumed her form (and a swingin’ new costume), but nevertheless, this remains a key and highly sought after issue. With the Phoenix looming large in the forthcoming X-Men movie franchise, now is the time to get this pivotal story. This is a VF- pence copy on sale at £125. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: 1968 saw not only the return of Jade-Jaws’ ongoing series, but also his first-ever Annual, a 50-page extravaganza by Gary Friedrich and Marie Severin in which our favourite not-so-jolly green giant travelled to Attilan and fell out with Black Bolt, leader of the reclusive race of super-beings known as the Inhumans. Needless to say – spoiler alert – wannabe usurper Maximus is behind the hostilities, and has assembled his own band of rebel Inhumans to further bedevil our hero. Featuring a striking Steranko cover, this is a FN+ p copy, excellent cover colour and gloss, clean square edges and good spine, on sale at £80. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: From 1968 onwards, most of the early issues of Iron Man from his first solo series back in stock, almost all issues from #2 to #27 (many in a choice of grades) plus Annual #1. Shell-Head was establishing himself in his own series and coming up against such fearsome foes as the Demolisher, the Freak, the Unicorn, the Crusher, the Gladiator, the Mandarin, the Controller, the Red Ghost, Lucifer, the Crimson Dynamo, the Titanium Man, Firebrand and many more. This range, still very reasonably priced, are always popular when we get them.
*Horror 1940-1959: After a bit of a ‘drought’ for new entries in this highly popular category, we’re delighted to welcome a small selection of two of Atlas’ 1950s horror/mystery series. Mystic #54 stands alone, a Post-Code example, still featuring an evocative Bill Everett cover. This is a lovely FN copy, with minimal edge wear, superb cover colour and gloss. Then we have some very affordable Pre-Code issues of Spellbound, from #7 (with a bonus incomplete #6 as ‘free gift!’) to #12. Everett, Maneely, Post, Heath and Shores are among the contributors, keeping up a high standard of suspense and chills. Mystic #54 is FN £78; Spellbound #12 is GD+ £55; for details of the others, check out our online catalogue… if you dare…
*Modern Reprints: A cavalcade of compilations in this popular section. One of the more pleasant aspect of the last few decades’ worth of comics trading is the advent of archival reprints of long-unavailable vintage comics, whether they’re hardcovers collecting entire series in sequence, such as the Marvel Masterworks or DC Archives, one-offs themed around creators or reproducing facsimile issues, or paperbacks exploring a character’s adventures in depth. We have a plethora of such tresures this time: DC’s All-Star Archives brings us the exploits of the first super-team, the Justice Society of America, and the landscape format hardcover collecting the Superman newspaper strip; while Marvel’s Atlas-Era Masterworks supplies the complete adventures of Lorna, Jann, Leopard Girl and pals in the three-volume Jungle Adventure set. DC is also topped up with Silver Age Classics (including the debuts of the JLA, the Martian Manhunter, the Silver Age Green Lantern and more) and others, while Marvel offers us Neal Adams’ collection of the Kree-Skrull War starring the Avengers. The ever-popular EC has many new issues of Haunt of Fear, Tales From The Crypt, Vault of Horror and Weird Science, and a new publisher to our listings, Dragon Lady Press, offers a bewildering variety of cult newspaper strips, including Secret Agent X-9, Mandrake, On Stage, and a multitude more. There are retrospective compilations of Bill Ward’s blonde bombshell Torchy (pictured), the best of the Simon & Kirby Golden Age romance books, and the lurid cautionary tales of ‘Reform School Girls’ and their ilk; and a handful of one-off issues spotlighting classic Good Girl artists, including Matt Baker and Frank Frazetta. Details? Go to the website and find out!
*Marvel UK: We cross to our side of the Atlantic for this week’s spider-Mania update. 1973 saw the second Marvel UK title, Spider-Man Comics Weekly, debut in the UK, presenting the early adventures of Spider-Man and Thor, re-edited for the British format, and in glorious black & white – with the occasional third colour added for drama! The first time a great many people encountered the classic Marvel characters, these weeklies are fondly remembered and popular nostalgia items these days. A problem that plagued the early issues of SMCW (within the first ten) are the cut-out coupons that people collected to get a special prize, and these are generally missing, rendering the comic incomplete and worthless – but not so here! Each issue has been checked by our own four eyes, and the coupons are present. This is an unbroken run of the first ten, with most of the subsequent issues up to #21; condition is variable, with moderate wear, but this makes them all the more affordable. Issue #1 is GD £20, with one small interior tear, but all stories unharmed. Issues #2 & #3 are each FN £20. Details on the remainder, as always, in our online catalogue. SORRY, 1ST 10 ISSUES NOW SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: In the wake of the success of Hotspur, the venerable story paper that had relaunched as a comic two years previously, D.C. Thomson decided in 1961 that it was time for another boys’ weekly in a similar format – but rather than revamp another of their older titles, they made this an entirely new creation! The Victor #1 was cover-dated February 25th, and featured a mix of World War II heroics, sporting strips, and mild sci-fi adventure. A hit with its intended audience, it had a respectable 30+ year career. This is an affordable opportunity to obtain one of the touchstones of British comics. It is frankly Poor, with cover edge wear and tears including a long diagonal cover tear, and a small corner missing from the lower right corner, slightly affecting the first strip, ‘The Gaunt Hounds Are Out’, but only a minor part of the picture is gone, and the narrative unaffected. All other stories complete, all interior pages present. On sale at £40. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*TV & Film Related Comics: Although all of TV Century 21’s first series is sought after, there is particular attention paid to the handful of issues which cover-star Terry Nation’s famous creation, the Daleks. Normally relegated to the (admittedly superbly-illustrated) back page, the most famous Doctor Who villains seldom got the chance to grace the front cover, and those issues are eagerly snapped up. We have six Dalek-starring covers – the only ones, we believe, which ran during the Dalek’s 104-issue sojourn in TV Century 21, all in attractive mid- to high grades. #23 is FN/VF £70; #28 FN £60 (the only one on which Dr. Who also appears, though it’s only the movie version); #36 FN £50; #47 FN £50; #50 FN £50 and #87 VF £60.
*TV & Film Related Comics: We continue blitzing our way through Look-In, this time with nearly all issues from 1980 and every issue from 1981, including #4 with the exciting Free Gift: Super Elastoplast Heroes Medal Plasters (hey, don’t ask us!) as pictured. Grades range from VG-VF and this selection also includes both Christmas issues and the first Mork & Mindy strip in 1980 #12.
This week, our spotlight on previously listed stock falls on three premiere issues of long-running and popular girls’ weeklies, two from Dunbdee’s D.C. Thomson and one from their rivals, IPC/Fleetway. Mandy, in 1967, followed very much in the wake of Bunty, with a cover-featured namesake heroine and a selection of popular tropes; ‘Blundering Bessie’, ‘Peggy Police Cadet’, ‘Nan in the News’, and ‘Wendy the Winner’, among others. By 1973, however, Thomson had woken up to the more streetwise appeal of their rival publisher’s Tammy, and hit back with Debbie, a more proletarian weekly, though still not without its outlandish elements, ins series like ‘Duchess Maggie’, ‘Yasmin the Blind Leader’, ‘No School For Nora’, and ‘Daisy Dean, Beauty Queen’. In 1974, IPC/Fleetway launched Jinty, which was eventually to become a champion of fantasy and light sf among the girls’ comic world, but started out in a more traditional manner with ‘Desert Island Daisy’, ‘The Haunting of Form 2B’, ‘Dora Dogsbody’, and the ‘Jinx from St. Jonah’s’. All three of these series enjoyed long runs and remain keenly collected today. Our Debbie #1 is FN at £50; Mandy #1 VG £60 and Jinty #1 VG £50.
We’re delighted to hear from our long time contact Irmantas Povilaika about his Kickstarter project to publish the complete strips from the Power Comics Wham, Smash & Pow by Ken Reid, one of the great iconic artists of British comics. Strips included are the fondly remembered Frankie Stein, Jasper the Grasper, Queen of the Seas, Dare-A-Day Davy and The Nervs, plus lots of extras will also be included. The 2 volume hardcover set is due out in August and you can read all about and join the project here. We wish Irmantas well with this wonderfully worthwhile project and encourage all Ken Reid fans to check it out.
*Marvel: Possibly the single most in-demand issue of the Spider-Man series features in our Spider-Mania event this week, as we welcome Amazing Spider-Man #1. Yes, that one. Not a reprint, not a relaunch, not a facsimile edition. Following Spider-Man’s debut in what turned out to be the final issue of Amazing Fantasy, Stan Lee and company decided, long before sales returns could have been received, to take a chance on Spidey as the star of his solo book – and he’s never looked back! In the front of this landmark issue, Spider-Man risks his own life to save the astronaut son of his enemy, J. Jonah Jameson – only to find himself even more vilified than ever! In the second story (leading to speculation that these two tales were originally prepared for the never-published Amazing Fantasy #16 and #17) he meets the Fantastic Four – as presaged on the cover – it doesn’t go well – and also encounters the first of his multitudinous Rogue’s Gallery, in the Chameleon!
This pence copy is an unabashed Poor; the covers are detached and separated, and there is a large corner missing from the upper right cover corner, though this does not impede upon the cover scene. In addition, there are numerous small tears in cover edges. The interior pages are generally clean and sound, off-white to tan in colour. There are small corners off several interior pages, not approaching the story area. In addition, a pin-up/promotional page is missing. However, all story pages are present, centrefold firmly attached. Front and back cover scans are shown here; high resolution scans are also available on request.
This issue has only passed through our hands a few times in our quarter of a century of trading, so its rarity is unquestioned, and with Spider-Man’s star ever in the ascendant, demand for any copy, in any condition, is only escalating. This PR p copy is priced at £1,000. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
On a regular cycle, we sweep through our entire stock to delete sold items and keep our listing as up to date as possible. We’ve just finished deleting sold items from the following files in our American section:
*Teen Humour/Funny Girls
As of the time of writing, these categories are bang up to date, with every item listed available.
As you may realise, the purpose of our Clearance Corner lots are to clear space in our shop by discontinuing titles we’re no longer carrying to make way for new and incoming stuff. As such, they will only be offered for a short time. This Clearance Corner lot, listed on 2nd May, has not been snapped up and is nearing the end of its time with us. If not purchased by the weekend, we will have to dispose of it. Here are the details from our original listing:
‘The latest bargain basement batch consists of 35 issues of the picture library sized Blue Jeans Photo Novel (inc. 3 duplicates) from the 1980s. Issues range from #54 to #469 and grades from GD to VF, mostly FN. Featuring fumetti photo love stories, often unintentionally hilarious and great for 80s fashions and reminding yourself how ridiculous they were. All yours for just £10. UK postage if required would be an extra £3.50 (small parcel).’
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: And so, for a while at least, we come to the end of our Eagle updates, adding an almost unbroken run of Volumes 19 and 20 (only 1 issue missing). Volume 19 (1968) was the final full year of publication and Volume 20 (1969) only ran to 17 issues. All the added comics grade GD or VG and they include the Christmas issue for Volume 19 and the very last issue of Eagle (Volume 20 #17).
*DC: The ‘Hot New Character’ of 1960, Hal Jordan, Green Lantern, made his debut in Showcase and proved so popular that he was awarded the twin accolades of membership in the prestigious Justice League of America, and his own ongoing series! This debut issue dated July-August 1960, featured the first appearance of GL’s intergalactic mentors, the Guardians of the Universe, who previously had been operating ‘behind the scenes’. This is a GD- copy, bright unmarred cover scene, with slight rust at staples precluding a higher grade. Exceptionally nice interior pages. A cents copy with no pence price stamp or overprint. GD- priced at £290.
*DC: After a few years in semi-retirement, Catwoman was brought back as one of the major antagonists in 1966’s Batman TV show, and in short order returned to the comics pages – not in Batman or in Detective Comics, which one might have reasonably expected, but in the 70th issue of Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane! Well, obviously. In a full-length thriller (and a rather fetching variation of her classic costume), Selina Kyle transformed Superman into a Puss of Steel, resulting in the inevitable (ahem) catfight with Lois when the latter discovered her beloved’s fate. Other guest-appearances by the Penguin, Batman and Robin stretched the story out to the extent that it was concluded in the following issue, #71. It’s all complete hooey, but huge fun, with Kurt Schaffenberger’s illustrations at their finest. Issue #70 is Apparent Fine, pence copy with two small cover colour touches on the darker parts of Selina’s costume at £35. Issue #71 wraps it up (and features the additional tale of Lois being blackmailed!) at FA p £3.75. SORRY, #70 NOW SOLD
*Marvel: Continuing Marvel’s expansion in the year 1968, Marvel Super-Heroes #12 saw the debut of Captain Marvel, a warrior of the spacefaring Kree Empire who masqueraded as a human on Earth. Actually conceived as a copyright-protecting exercise (Marvel’s lawyers had recently seen off a short-lived ‘Captain Marvel’ from another publisher), Mar-Vell’s genesis may have been a bit less than sincere, but his impact remains enduring in the Marvel Universe , especially his participation in the cosmic events initiated by Jim Starlin later in Cap’s own series. These two issues present not one, but two Captains’ debuts: not only Mar-Vell in #12, but Carol Danvers – later Ms. Marvel, occasionally Warbird, and fifth and current holder of the Captain Marvel title – made her first appearance in #13 as part of Mar-Vell’s supporting cast. Given the imminence of the ‘Captain Carol’ movie – as those of you paying attention at the end of Avengers: Infinity War will have noted – #13 is currently commanding higher prices than #12, but we are delighted to have both to offer: issue #12 is a VG+ p copy, clean and bright with excellent spine, on sale at £50; #13 is GD/VG p, with a slight spine curvature caused by uneven glue drying, but nevertheless sound with considerable eye appeal, on sale at £70.
*Marvel: In issues #31 to #33 of Lee & Ditko’s Amazing Spider-Man, Peter Parker’s alter ego faced the machinations of the mysterious Master Planner in an early ‘story arc’ – decades before the term was coined! The Planner was revealed to be one of Spidey’s most deadly enemies, and placed our hero in such peril that his escape became one of the most iconic scenes of Spidey’s earlier career. This three-part story is well remembered as a baptism of fire along Spidey’s heroic journey – and, into the bargain, issue #31 introduces two characters – Gwen Stacy and Harry Osborn – who are destined to have major impacts on his future! We have two copies of each issue new in: #31 is available in VG- £65 or GD/VG p £50 (both pictured); #32 is App. GD £17.25 (right edge trim, small tear at upper spine) and FA p £9 and #33 is VG- £35 or GD £20. SORRY, BOTH SPIDEY #31 ISSUES NOW SOLD
*Marvel: 1983 saw the release of the third Star Wars movie “Return of the Jedi”, and Marvel’s license entitled them to do the movie adaptation. To their great credit, rather than plonking out some half-arsed job to a pre-sold audience, they pulled out the A-list talents – Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson – and turned in a first-rate adaptation capturing much of the essence of the movie. We have all four issues in VF/NM, pence copies, on sale as a set only at £35 for the set of 4.
*Marvel: Sales on Marvel’s Merry Mutants have been very strong lately, so much so that we’ve felt the need to top up our boxes once again with a selection from the X-Men original series. This batch runs between #5 and #66 (the last issue of original material before the ‘new’ X-Men launched with #94), and is for the most part in low affordable grades, with many poors, fairs and goods, although some of the later issues are a bit nicer. With the debuts of the Juggernaut, the Sentinels, the Mimic and the Banshee, plus the artistic hands of Steranko, Smith and Adams (among others), there’s much to enjoy, back in the day before you needed a scorecard to keep track of who was who in mutantkind…
*Memorabilia & Esoterica: Something very out of the ordinary this update with three pieces of vintage merchandise: 1 DC Calendar from 1977 and 2 Marvel Calendars from 1976 & 1980. The Super DC Calendar from 1977 features all-new artwork from a roster of DC’s artistic super-stars – Neal Adams, Curt Swan, Joe Kubert, Wally Wood, Kurt Schaffenberger and more, with pages devoted to Wonder Woman, the Justice Society, the Justice League, Superman, Batman and all the others you’d expect. Highlight for Legion of Super-Heroes completists will be the centre double-page illustration of a Legion Vs. Fatal Five showdown! In VG/FN grade at £20. From 1976, the Mighty Marvel Bicentennial Calendar features Marvel’s most famous characters in a plethora of patriotic situations; all the Marvel ‘big names’ are here, so fans of the Hulk, Spider-Man, Thor, FF, Avengers and – of course – Captain America will be well satisfied, but there’s also pages devoted to some outer fringes of the Marvel Universe, such as the cosmic heroes (Warlock, Silver Surfer, Captain Marvel), Marvel Monsters (Dracula, Werewolf by Night, Man-Thing), the Invaders, and the Black Panther. All-new illustrations by Brunner, Starlin, Kane, Romita, Buscema and more. VG/FN at £20. From 1980, the Marvel Calendar features the Occult World of Doctor Strange, with each month featuring the Master of the Mystic Arts – though some of his most famous team-ups, like Spider-Man and the Defenders, also get a look-in! Tom Sutton, Gene Colan, Ernie Colon, John Byrne, George Perez, Mike Zeck and more re-create famous moments from Strange’s history in all-new pin-ups. This is slightly lesser condition than the others at VG, (the first two months have small tape reinforcements where the calendar’s been hung up), but it’s also less common than the others, so we’re asking £17.50.
*Alan Class Reprints: At long last some freshly excavated Printing Plate sets now available! Although all of the Alan Class line of reprint comics are increasingly collectible, thanks to their eclectic mix of Superheroics, supernatural thrillers, war, western and miscellany, among the most highly prized are those reprinting tales of the Marvel Universe – often the first reprinting after the original publication! We have seven sets of such issues this update, from the publisher’s private archive, comprising the comic itself, the four lead printing plates used for the full-colour covers, Certificates of Authenticity signed by Alan Class, and occasional ‘bonus features’. Marvel stars include Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Doctor Strange, the Silver Surfer, and Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD by Steranko. Astounding Stories #66, Secrets of the Unknown #67/134 (pre- and post-decimal editions), #103, #122, #123, & #124 and Sinister Tales #55. Prices range from £50 to £75 per set. See our online catalogue for more details!
*Marvel UK: After a critically popular run in Marvel Super-Heroes, the groundbreaking Alan Moore/Alan Davis iteration of Captain Britain moved to the second series of Mighty World of Marvel, a magazine rather than its weekly antecedent. The invention continued to come thick and fast, as Captain Britain company faced off against reality-altering threats. Towards the end of CB’s run, Moore drifted away, and the remaining episodes were scripted by artist Davis in conjunction with Mike Collins, but the quality of the narrative remained undiminished. We have several issues from this acclaimed and sought-after series in the middle of a new batch of MWoM II from #2 to #17. Not all issues featured the Captain – he came and moved on during the title’s run – but all issues featuring his strip are ‘tagged’ in our new listing.
*TV & Film Related Comics: Perhaps the most keenly sought issues of Gerry Anderson’s craetions represnted in comics are the various TV Century 21 Summer Specials and Extras: 48 pages of adventure and action in a not-too distant future, and we’re lucky enough to have three of them back in stock. 1965’s TV Century 21 Stingray Special starred the eponymous heroes of W.A.S.P., based in Marineville, illustrated by Ron Embleton, backed up by Marina, Girl of the Sea (drawn by Rab Hamilton) and Oink the Seal. This is a very nice copy, light horizontal fold marks esp. at left cover edge, but clean and tight, no interior markings. VG at £100. 1965’s TV Century 21 Summer Extra featured Lady Penelope, Stingray and Fireball XL5 among others, with contributing artists Frank Hampson and Ron Embleton. This is a GD copy, moderate spine and edge wear but no interior markings – puzzle pages are often done in copies of this – on sale at £80. And 1965’s TV Century 21 International Extra is another Stingray-heavy issue (Stingray was a hit on US TV at the time) but also featured Fireball XL5, Lady Penelope, Supercar and a behind-the-scenes photo feature on the making of the Stingray TV show. Contributing artists include Ron Turner. This unusually nice VG copy with only light wear at spine and edges, unmarred cover image, is on sale for £120.
*TV & Film Related Comics: Our Look-In recharge continues, with the years 1977 to 1979 substantially restocked – not every issue, but the majority, with several duplicated copies giving a choice of grades and prices for the same issues. This is generally regarded as the height of Look-Ins comic strip content, with artists of the calibre of John M. Burns, Martin Asbury, John Bolton and more turning out top-notch TV adaptations on a weekly basis. Another attractive feature of Look-In is that by this time it had ditched the photo-covers for striking painted portraits of TV and pop stars. This selection features the debuts of the strip adaptations of ‘Battlestar Galactica’, ‘ChiPS’, ‘Sapphire and Steel’, ‘Charlie’s Angels’, ‘Worzel Gummidge’, ‘Dick Turpin’, and the combo strip ‘Bionic Action’, among others. Approximately 120 issues new in, grades ranging from GD to VF, but averaging attractive VG/FN.
*TV & Film Related Comics: It seemed like the market was being flooded with new TV & Film Related titles in the 1980s and 1990s, and we’ve got a whole caboodle of them for you this week! Titles include (all #1 issues): Captain Scarlet, Cartoon Time Presents Scooby Doo, Casper (with Free Gift), James Bond Jr, Joe 90, Popeye, Real Ghostbusters, Star Trek, Star Trek The Next Generation (1990 with Free Gift & 1992), Stingray (with Free Gift), Thunderbirds Are Go (with Free Gift) & Visionaries (with Free Gift).
We conclude our look at Marvel in the year 1968 (for the time being), with a goodie from our vaults! One of our favourite Marvel anti-heroes here at 30th Century is the Sub-Mariner, aka Prince Namor the First, Monarch of Atlantis, whose heroism is outstripped only by his arrogance and his eye for the laydees! Following the breakage of the distribution embargo in ’68, Namor, who had been rooming with the Hulk in Tales to Astonish, got his own solo series for the first time since 1955, and the grandeur and pageantry of his undersea adventures was aptly depicted by Roy Thomas and John Buscema, who also threw in a few hitherto unrevealed titbits about Namor’s ancestry. This copy is a CGC Blue Label, indicating no restoration, graded at 8.5, a VF+ equivalent, on sale at £225.
On a regular cycle, we sweep through our entire stock to delete sold items and keep our listing as up to date as possible. We’ve just finished deleting sold items from the following files in our American section:
As of the time of writing, these categories are bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Clearance Corner: We generally don’t keep bound volumes of comics in stock, since they have proven less popular with our customers, but here’s one set that’s particularly appealing. From the IPC Magazines Central Reference Library, two bound volumes of Boys’ World, the companion comic to Eagle, with which it eventually merged. Home to ‘Iron Man’ (not the Marvel one), ‘Billy Binns’, ‘Merlo the Magician’, ‘Angry Planet’, and the superbly-illustrated mythological adventure ‘Wrath of the Gods’, this well-remembered series featured the high standard of both script and art expected of an Odhams publication. These two bound volumes run from Vol 1 #24 (6th July 1963), through to the final issue, Vol 2 #40 (3rd October 1964). The plain cloth bindings show moderate wear, but the comics inside (66 individual issues), allowing for the trimming and binding process, average Fine, though one issue has had a small piece removed which does not significantly impact the stories. Both volumes are available for £66 the pair – £1 per issue, as opposed to our usual price of £4.50 each per individual issue in Good grade. UK postage, if required, would be an additional £14. SORRY, THIS LOT HAS NOW SOLD
As you may realise, the purpose of our Clearance Corner lots is to clear space in our shop by discontinuing titles we’re no longer carrying to make way for new and incoming stuff. As such, they will only be offered for a short time. This Clearance Corner lot, listed on 27th April, has not been snapped up and is nearing the end of its time with us. If not purchased by the weekend, we will have to dispose of it. Here are the details from our original listing:
‘This week’s bargain lot features Viz, the ‘adult comic’ that shamelessly exploits classic tropes of traditional humour weeklies with a scatological twist. Home of ‘Johnny Fartpants’, ‘The Fat Slags’, ‘The Pathetic Sharks’, ‘Millie Tant’, ‘Sid the Sexist’ and a personal fave here at 30th Century, ‘Meddlesome Ratbag’. This infamous parody mag was once the best-selling magazine in the UK, and is still going strong today every other month, but we feel it sits ill with our more conventional funnies, so we’re waving bye-bye to this torrent of toilet humour. Forty issues: 19, 21-25, 27, 34-49, 51-55, 58, 59, 61, 62, 67, 70, 71, 90, 91, 93, 97 and 98, averaging FN, originally on sale for a cumulative price of £142.50, now yours for £25! UK Postage (3.7 kg parcel) if required will be a further £14 for hours of sweary fun!’ SORRY, THIS LOT HAS NOW SOLD
*DC: At a time when the Flash is more in the public eye than he has been in decades, we’re very pleased to have back in stock one of his most significant issues. When Barry Allen took over the mantle of the Flash, he acknowledged the original, Jay Garrick, as his inspiration – but only by the medium of comic books he’d read in childhood! It wasn’t until Flash #123, when Barry’s heroic career was well established, that he, and the readers, discovered Jay Garrick wasn’t mere fiction, but was the hero of a parallel world, along with his comrades in the Justice Society of America! This was the first historic meeting between the two Scarlet Speedsters, and opened the interdimensional door to the entire Earth-2 legend, with the Justice Society of America and in due course their heirs and imitators, brought to new generations of readers! Writer Gardner Fox and artist Carmine Infantino were at their respective peaks, and this is one of the most sought-after DC landmarks of the Silver Age. This copy is a UK-stamped pence priced version, a clean, tight VG- with minimal edge and corner wear, supple interiors. The only significant flaw is a light fold (not a subscription crease, we believe) which does break the colour on the ‘A’ of the logo. Nevertheless, a highly desirable copy at £275. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*DC: The Doom Patrol is one of the under-regarded classics of the Silver Age, but its breakout character, peculiarly, didn’t make his debut until the series was well established. In Doom Patrol #99, the team met Beast Boy, an orphan with the uncanny ability to change into any creature, under the control of his evil guardian. This launched two long-running plot-threads, as the DP fought beside, and sometimes against Beast Boy, while Elasti-Girl and Mento sougt to free him from his guardian’s influence and become his new family! Beast Boy (occasionally known as Changeling) has been a major player in the Doom Patrol, the New Teen Titans, the Teen Titans Go! cartoon and will soon be a featured character in the Teen Titans live-action TV show, so now is the time to lay hands on his premier appearance! A highly attractive VG+ pence copy, minimal edge and corner wear, available for £100.
*DC: DC having recently announced the return of Hawkman in the modern DCU, we seize the opportunity to remind you of when Hawkman was actually good, with the first ten issues (minus #4, the previously-listed Zatanna debut) of his 1960s series, following his tryouts in Brave & Bold. By Gardner Fox, illustrated by Murphy Anderson, this version of the classic character ditched the 1940s reincarnation angle for science fiction. Katar and Shayera Hol, man-and-wife police officers from the planet Thanagar, came to Earth to use weapons of the past and science of the future against the crimes of today. Shadow thieves, random sky-gods, flying gorillas and a miscellany of menaces pit their wits and weapons against our daring duo, in tales that were exciting, inventive and playful! Issue #1 (pictured) is GD p £40; grades and prices of the others may be seen in our online catalogue, but they do carry 30th Century’s Seal of Approval.
*Marvel: After a long hiatus in reprint limbo, the X-Men, with a new international line-up, made a spectacular return in Giant-Size X-Men #1, and #94 of the ongoing X-Men title marked the return to all-new stories. Scripter Len Wein handed over to Chris Claremont, and Dave Cockrum’s superb illustrations continued to impress. This issue is notoriously hard to find anywhere, being the first New X-Men in the previously-reprint title, and its scarcity is compounded here in the Old Country by the fact that it wasn’t distributed in the UK at all (the distributors in their wisdom bringing in Tomb of Parsnips #47 or somesuch instead…). This copy is a GD-, with a not-quite vertical crease breaking the cover colour, an approximately 3″ diagonal crease at the cover’s right corner, and other minor corner and spine wear. There is also a tear of approximately 1″ in the upper left back cover. However, the interiors are utterly unmarred, and this is a relatively affordable opportunity to obtain a non-distributed and significant item. GD-, cents copy (obviously), £70. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: 1965’s Fantastic Four #45 saw the culmination of a long-running subplot – and the introduction of a whole new family of supporting super-stars. Since #36, the mysterious Madame Medusa had been a thorn in the side of the FF, and latterly, from #44, she had been pursued by the equally mysterious Gorgon. Now, the pair’s true origin, and their royal heritage, was revealed, as the monarchs of the Inhumans made their debut in these two issues. Black Bolt, Crystal, Triton, Karnak and Lockjaw rounded out the Royal Family tree, and became long-running allies of the Fantastic Four. New copies of both #45 and #46 in this week. #45 is VG+ p, with deep unmarred cover colour flexible cream interiors and very minor corner & edge wear, at £135. #46 (the first full Black Bolt, having teased us with a cameo in the preceding issue) is a similarly attractive VG+ p at £70. Neither has any significant marks or defects, but just minor wear concomitant with age.
*Marvel: A Spider-Stonker this week, with around sixty new entries in the Amazing Spider-Man section, commencing with #42, the first ‘Full MJ’, (Mary Jane Watson had cameoed in a few preceding issues, but her face was artfully concealed; this was the famous issue in which Peter Parker realised he’d hit the jackpot…), and encompassing most issues through to #97, plus Annuals #3 to #7, taking in along the way the first appearances of friends, foes and frenemies the Prowler, Silvermane, the Schemer, the Shocker and the ever-kuddly Kangaroo, as well as famous clashes with the Avengers, Quicksilver, Madame Medusa, the Black Widow and of course Spidey’s classic Rogues: Doctor Octopus, Electro, Mysterio, the Vulture and so on. Mostly in attractive mid to high grades, these stories by Stan Lee and (mostly) John Romita will enhance every Spider-Phile’s collection! #42, pictured, is VG/FN at £50, a stunning cover with superb deep unfaded colour and gloss; for grades and prices on the rest – well, you should know where to look by now, True Believer! SORRY, SPIDEY #42 NOW SOLD